Dennis Kennedy

Technology Law and Legal Technology. Dennis Kennedy is one of the few technology lawyers who is also an expert on the underlying technologies. Dennis an award-winning leader in the application of technology and the Internet to the practice of law. gives you access to a wide variety of Dennis Kennedy's resources on legal technology, his writings, his well-known blog, DennisKennedy.Blog, and information about how you can have Dennis speak to your organization or group.

Dennis Kennedy is one of the most knowledgeable legal technologists you will find. - Michael Arkfeld.

Dennis Kennedy, a lawyer and legal technology expert in St. Louis, Mo., has been a significant influence in the ever-evolving relationship between lawyers and the Web. - Robert Ambrogi

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Reminder: My Upcoming Blogging Presentation in St. Louis

Friday, November 10th, 2006

Just a reminder:
Thanks to the good people at the St. Louis Chapter of the Institute of Management Consultants, I’ll be sharing my insights on blogging and podcasting on November 17.
Here are the details:

Dennis Kennedy, Speaker
November 17, 2006
Registration & Networking 7:15 am, Breakfast 7:30, Meeting 8:00 am – 9:15 am
Ces & Judy’s
(10405 Clayton Road (in Le Chateau Village, St. Louis, Missouri)
Tom Peters has said, “Biz Blogging . . . works. It is of . . . MONUMENTAL IMPORTANCE. (Or can be.)” In the session, well-known St. Louis blogger Dennis Kennedy ( will introduce you to the new world of blogs and podcasts and the benefits they now bring to many consultants and professional services providers. You will start with blogging 101 and then learn how you can uses blogs and podcasts to connect with a larger audience, enhance your reputation and marketing reach, and build your business. Kennedy will share his insights from more than three years of blogging. Business blogging does work.
Dennis Kennedy ( is a St. Louis lawyer who both practices computer law and provides technology consulting services for law firms and corporate legal departments. His blogs, DennisKennedy.Blog ( and Between Lawyers (, are among the longest-running, best-known and most influential of the legal blogs. In 1995, Dennis became one of the first group of lawyers with a web page, and he has frequently spoken, written and been quoted on Internet marketing issues, including the use of blogs by lawyers and other professional services providers.
An award-winning author with hundreds of publications to his credit and a frequent speaker, Dennis was named the 2001 TechnoLawyer of the Year and 2003 Contributor of the Year by for his role in promoting the use of technology in the practice of law. His website ( has long been considered a highly regarded resource on legal technology and technology law topics.
He is also a co-founder of LexThink!, a conference and consulting group that focuses on innovation in the professional services industry ( Dennis also co-writes a popular column on electronic discovery at He is a member of the ABA Law Practice Management Section’s Council and is an editor and board member of the Law Practice Today webzine (
Dennis received his J.D., cum laude, from the Georgetown University Law Center in 1983 and B.A., magna cum laude, from Wabash College in 1983.
Costs: $30 for IMC Members, $40 for non-IMC members,includes buffet breakfast.
If you bring a first-time guest, you will get $5.00 back at the door. Also, your Guest will receive a $5.00 discount.
We prefer that you register via our online registraton below. If you must call in your registration – call Kathy Robinson at Cost Containment Strategies – 314-439-5673.
Please make your reservation no later than Tuesday (by noon) before the Friday program.

Get more info about IMC-STL and the presentation here. Register here.
IMC-STL is a great group. I invite my local readers – lawyers or non-lawyers – to attend this session and learn more about the topic and the group.
[Originally posted on DennisKennedy.Blog (]

Dennis Kennedy Profiled in Law Practice Magazine

Monday, October 30th, 2006

Mark Tamminga interviewed me for a little featurette in the current issue of the ABA’s Law Practice magazine (note: the article will be available for a short period before it disappears behind a “members only” firewall). We cover a range of topics and you’ll learn a bit about my background and story. I also talk about my perspective on blogging and RSS, legal technology and other topics. Check it out. Thanks, Mark and Law Practice magazine. Lots of other great articles in this issue.
[Originally posted on DennisKennedy.Blog (]
Like what you are reading? Check out the other blogs where I post – Between Lawyers (feed) and the LexThink Blog (feed).
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But Enough About Me . . . .

Thursday, September 21st, 2006

Some “experts” recommend that you keep all elements of personality and personal information off professional blogs.
And then there’s me. I disagree with the “all professional, all the time” blogging approach. I like learning more about the personal lives of my favorite bloggers. Many times, it makes me even more likely to use their professional services, but, for the for the most part, it gives me some new insights.
Josh Fruchter, at JD Bliss, has been publishing a series of short bios of interesting lawyers for a couple of years. Back in November 2004, he ran an interview with me. He sent me a note today mentioning that he had updated the site and the URL had changed, which reminded me about the interview.
If you are a regular reader (or a new reader) who would like to learn a bit more about my own story, this interview will give you one part of that story and, I hope, offer a few of the lessons I’ve learned over the years.
Be sure to check out the rest of the JD Bliss site as well.
[Originally posted on DennisKennedy.Blog (]
Like what you are reading? Check out the other blogs where I post – Between Lawyers (feed) and the LexThink Blog (feed).
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Help Me Decide about a Book Project

Tuesday, September 19th, 2006

Yesterday, I was contacted by two publishers who want me to write a book. It’s probably something I need to get done one of these days. The trouble is that everyone wants me to come up with the idea for the book.
I’d like to ask the readers of this blog to help me with this. If I were to write a book, what would you most like it to be about? Leave a comment or email me at denniskennedyblog @ gmail . com.
I’ll probably share a few of the ideas I have in the old notebook in a few days.
[Originally posted on DennisKennedy.Blog (]
Learn more about legal technology at Dennis Kennedy’s Legal Technology Central page.
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New Online Audio CLE Programs Available from Dennis Kennedy at DigiLearn

Monday, August 7th, 2006

I’m pleased to announce that DigiLearn is hosting two new audio continuing legal education courses that I’ve put together and making them available over the Internet.
First, there is my popular “Legal Technology Trends and Predictions” presentation. Here’s the description:

Legal technology can be a complicated and difficult topic. How do you learn about trends in legal technology and make good decisions about where you want to take your firm? In this session, legal technology expert Dennis Kennedy discusses ten of the most important trends in legal technology today and gives you some practical recommendations of how best to address technology issues in your law firm or legal practice.

Second, there is my presentation called “Disaster Recovery Planning for Lawyers.” Here’s the description:

Natural and man-made calamities in recent years have emphasized the vital importance of good disater recovery and business continuity planning. Don’t let your inadequate disaster plan make a bad situation worse. In this session, legal technology expert Dennis Kennedy discussess the key elements of preparation, technology and people involved in good disaster recovery planning and highlights many of the practial issues you must consider when putting together your firm’s disaster recovery plan.

I’m a big fan of the ways we can now use the Internet to deliver education and I’ve alway liked the work that DigiLearn has done in this area. I’m very pleased to be working with them on these new programs.
[Originally posted on DennisKennedy.Blog (]
Learn more about legal technology at Dennis Kennedy’s Legal Technology Central page.
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Updating My Disclaimers

Thursday, August 3rd, 2006

DISCLAIMER: The posts and opinions expressed on this blog and this website are solely the personal opinions of Dennis Kennedy. They do not represent or reflect (nor are they intended to represent or reflect) the positions, opinions, viewpoints, policies and/or statements of any entity in which I have any ownership interest, with which I have any contractual or other legal relationship, or which is, was or might be my client or customer.
REQUIRED STATEMENTS UNDER MISSOURI SUPREME COURT RULES IF THIS WEBSITE OR ANY PORTION OF IT IS DEEMED TO BE AN ADVERTISEMENT OR SOLICITATION. This website is not intended to be an advertisement or solicitation for my legal services. However, under recent changes in Missouri Rules, it may be deemed to be so, despite my intention. Therefore, the following statements may be required on this website and I have included them in order to be in full compliance with these rules. The choice of a lawyer is an important decision and should not be based solely upon advertisements. Disregard this solicitation if you have already engaged a lawyer in connection with the legal matter referred to in this solicitation. You may wish to consult your lawyer or another lawyer instead of me. The exact nature of your legal situation will depend on many facts not known to me at this time. You should understand that the advice and information in this solicitation is general and that your own situation may vary. This statement is required by rule of the Supreme Court of Missouri.

St. Louis Blogger Meetup in Connection with AALL Annual Meeting

Wednesday, July 5th, 2006

The AALL Gateway has details and contact info for the blogger meetup to be held on Monday, July 10 in St. Louis at Kitchen K at 1000 Washington Avenue starting at 5:00. As if we need any more reasons to get bloggers together in St. Louis, the event was inspired by the American Association of Law Libraries Annual Meeting being held in St. Louis.
[Originally posted on DennisKennedy.Blog (]
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Electronic Discovery Predictions and Trends Presentation at LegalTech WestCoast 2006

Wednesday, May 31st, 2006

Thanks to the very nice people at Caselogistix, I’ll be speaking at the LegalTech Westcoast 2006 show on the afternoon of June 5 about electronic discovery trends and predictions. The panel for this presentation consists of me, so you’ll get a lot of my favorite ideas, for better or worse. I guarantee I’ll give you plenty of things to think about.
This presentation will be an update of the presentation I gave back in January at LegalTech New York that was one of my best-received presentations, so I’m excited to get to give it again. There will be changes from the earlier version. In fact, quite a bit is changing in the world of electronic discovery these days.
If you are attending the show, it’d be great if you would attend my session and say hello. I’ll be around the show as well and don’t have much in the way of specific plans. If there’s a group of bloggers who might like to get together, let me know and we can get the word out. Otherwise, I’ll probably focus on seeing what’s going on with vendors these days.
After LegalTech, I’ll give two presentations at the always great Missouri Solo and Small Firm Conference – one on email management and information overload (and the role of blogs) and the other on inexpensive technology choices for litigators (where I’ll get the chance to co-present with my friend Bob Wiss from CaseSoft).
Then . . . I looked at my calendar and saw that I have no other presentations scheduled for the near future. Of course, that means that I should be reminding you that this is a GREAT time to schedule me to speak for your group or event. However, I must admit that it’s nice to have a little break from speaking this summer.
In any event, I hope to see you in Los Angeles or Missouri next week. Be sure to say hello if you see me.
[Originally posted on DennisKennedy.Blog (]
Learn more about electronic discovery at Dennis Kennedy’s Electronic Discovery Resources page.
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Special Offers from Conference Calls Unlimited for Readers of DennisKennedy.Blog

Tuesday, May 30th, 2006

Zane Safrit, CEO of Conference Calls Unlimited, has put together some special offers for readers of DennisKennedy.Blog and I’m offering them to you as another blog reader appreciation gift (like the recent X1 offer).
I met Zane at the original LexThink event and saw him again at the LexThink Lounge event. He also recorded my first podcast when he interviewed me last year. I’m a regular reader of Zane’s blog and I always enjoy talking with him and hearing about his insights.
I’m always on conference calls lately where someone conferences people in and asks, “Is everyone still on?” Or people apologize in advance in case they drop someone while trying to conference someone in.
The conference call services at Conference Calls Unlimited just plain work. It’s a pleasure to use the service.
If you are considering a conference call service, or reevaluating an existing one, take a look at the offers from Conference Calls Unlimited for readers of this blog. Thanks again for reading my blog.
[Originally posted on DennisKennedy.Blog (]
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DennisKennedy.Blog Reader Appreciation Gift – Free X1 License Download Offer

Wednesday, May 24th, 2006

The nice people at X1 have graciously agreed to provide up to 50 of the readers of my blog with a free license to the X1 Desktop Search tool ($75 regular price). The downloads are my way of saying “thank you” to the readers of this blog.
There is no software that will improve your daily life as a computer user more than a desktop search tool like X1. I use X1 to search both my local hard drives and, most importantly, as the fast, effective search tool that I’ve always wished that Microsoft Outlook would have had. I can tell you that Microsoft Outlook seems like a completely different program once you use X1 a desktop search tool for searching your email.
How often do you have trouble finding a file or wish that you could find all of the documents that contain a certain word or phrase. Now you can do that. It’s fast and it works very, very well — across your entire desktop as well as your enterprise network.
There will be a limited number of these licenses available. Simply click on the link here and you can download your copy. When the licenses run out, you won’t be able to download a copy. So, if the last time we did a promotion like this is any example, you will want to act quickly.
Thank you again for reading my blog. A special thank you to Gregg Coapman and Ann Kuo of X1 for making this happen.
[Originally posted on DennisKennedy.Blog (]
This post brought to you by Dennis Kennedy’s legal technology consulting services, featuring RSS and blogging consulting, technology audit, strategic planning and technology committee coaching packages especially for medium-sized law firms (15 – 100 lawyers) and corporate legal departments. More information on the “Second Pair of Eyes” packages for legal technology audits and strategic planning may be found here (PDF).
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